Thanks to Murl for going to all this trouble.
I’ll add that in my experience having a sturdy ironing board can make life easier; put the other way around, flimsy boards can make life harder: I’ve found that the cheapest ones can collapse under the sort of pressure one uses when pressing (as opposed to ironing).
I do use a tailor’s clapper in addition to the gear Murl discusses. I’m not sure if it provides an additional advantage or not, however.
No trouble at all...I enjoyed it and you're welcome.
Very true about sturdy ironing boards. I busted my last one (pictured in this thread) and had been bending the legs back to shape after each use. I finally got a new one on Monday.
I've been meaning to get a tailor's clapper for a while...just to see if I notice any difference.